According to Microsoft, a new security issue has been identified in Windows that could allow an authenticated local attacker to compromise systems to gain control. A recently rolled out update takes care of the matter, coming right after Microsoft pushed out the security update for Windows to protect it from the WannaCry ransomware attack.

On Microsoft’s website, the company says that “You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.”

KB982316 install instructions

You can download Windows XP KB982316 from Microsoft. To install it, follow the steps listed on the company’s support page:

  • To start the download, click the Download button, select your language from Change Language, and then click Change.
  • Click Run to start the installation immediately.
  • Click Save to copy the download to your computer for installation at a later time.

KB982316 features

The new update is KB982316 and was published by Microsoft for Windows XP systems on May 19th. This will fix the NSA vulnerability exploited by hackers following the latest cyber attack and the leaks from the Shadow Brokers.

This patch was released to protect Windows XP computers against the WannaCry ransomware. All Windows versions except Windows XP got the patch in March via Windows Update because they were still supported. Windows XP hasn’t been officially supported for a very long time and now the update is available for Windows XP Service Pack 3. If you’re an XP user, it is recommended you install the update right away given the fact that the most recent cyber attacks seem to have affected thousands of victims throughout the world.

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